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Alabama: Sophia Taylor, Central High School, Phenix City

Alaska: Ray Jensen, Wasilla High School

Arkansas: Lyndsey Skarda, Benton High School; Melissa Tune, Armorel High School; Tarji Anderson Russell, Dumas High School

California: David: Bayne, Pioneer High School, Woodland

Florida: Nicole Monsees, Okaloosa Applied Technology Center, Fort Walton Beach

Georgia: Glenda Bonds and Calvin Gray, Dekalb High School of Technology, North Dunwoody; Walter Harrell, Woodland High School, Cartersville; Linda Jackson Monroe High School, Albany; Cheryl Rees, Kendrick High School, Columbus; Sylvia Sims, Dekalb High School of Technology North, Lithonia; Tarsha Wynn, Osborne High School, Smyrna

Iowa: Elaine Cook, Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, Havelock

Idaho: Darrell Muck, Jerome High School

Kentucky: Jody Compton, Breckinridge County Area Technology Center, Harned; Dan Johnson and David Schaefer, Chapman Vocational Education Center, Covington

Maine: Harold Casey Jr., Hancock County Technical Center, Surry

Maryland: Gary Chapman and Donald Cherry, Calvert Career Center, Prince Frederick

Massachusetts: Pam Daoust, Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Charlton

Missouri: Marvin Schildknecht, Northland Career Center, Platte City; Donald White, Franklin Technology Center, Joplin; Katherine Douglas, Herndon Career Center, Raytown

Nebraska: Marty Slaughter, South Sioux High School

Nevada: Cedric Reed, Mineral County High School, Hawthorne

New Jersey: Kim Harvey, Irvington High School

New Mexico: Mary Anderson, Deming High School Hofacket Campus, Deming; Ryan Masten, Career Prep High School, Farmington; Jerry Morris, Hobbs High School

New York: Margaret McCloskey, WE-MO-CO Career and Technical Education Center, Spencerport; Mary Falcone, Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Batavia; Olimpia Nicholls, Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park

North Carolina: Greg Evans, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte; Chad Rorie, Providence High School, Charlotte

Ohio: Kristin Lucius, Nichole England and Scott Gilbert, Sentinel Career Center, Tiffin; Robin Schoonover, Buckeye Hills Career Center, Bidwell; Richard Lenhart, Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, Piqua

Pennsylvania: Jennifer Hain, Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Bloomsburg; Kimberly Kucas, Upper Bucks County Area Vocational Technical School, Perkasie; Connie Muschko, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School; Patricia Rhodenizer, Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, Reading; Tony Sandutch, Hazleton Area Career Center

South Carolina: James Crocker, Greenville Technical College; Ryan Gambrell, Anderson Career and Technology Center, Honea Path; Roxann Phillips, Garrett Academy of Technology, North Charleston

Tennessee: Kim Davis, McGavock High School, Nashville; Paul Kersey, Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg; Chris Perkins, Richland High School, Lynnville

Texas: Ricky Chamness, Mount Pleasant High School; Orlando Lizcano, Sidney Lanier High School, San Antonio; Wendy Watson, James Ratteree Career Development Center, Irving

Utah: Scott Chalmers, Granite Technical Institute, Orem

Virginia: Scott Milstead, Norfolk Technical Center

Washington: Will Jones, Bremerton High School; Patrick McCue, Bothell High School; Keith Kuniyasu, River Ridge High School, Lacey

West Virginia: Karen Newhouse, Putnam Career and Technical Center, St. Albans

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Helping hands from University of Arkansas’ Western Arkansas Technical Center

SkillsUSA members from the University of Arkansas’ Western Arkansas Technical Center spent an afternoon at the Fort Smith Crisis Center for Women. They prepared labels, made phone calls and placed signs in various locations around the city to aid the center with its annual fundraising event, “Dinner in the Vineyards.”

Jennifer Canada, crisis center director, said there was plenty for the students to do. “We are always in need of short- and long-term volunteers.”

The Crisis Center for Women provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. end of story

Teaching what they’ve learned
SkillsUSA students at DeKalb High School of Technology North in Dunwoody, Ga., work with the Marietta Latin American Association. They conduct seminars for the Mami y Yo (Mom and I) program, which helps Latin American mothers learn more about job interviewing. Seminar topics have included: Understanding Job Interviewing Skills, Preparing a Résumé and Completing Job Applications.

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They’re glad he asked!

W.Va. Gov. Joe Manchin III with SkillsUSA members from Wayne High School

When Wayne (W.Va.) High School’s SkillsUSA members met with Gov. Joe Manchin III, they were impressed that he asked for their opinions.

According to junior Ashley Herrald, Manchin discussed legislation requiring state scholarship recipients to remain in West Virginia for two years after they graduate. He also talked about a bill that would allow only students who maintain a “C” average or better to receive driver’s licenses.

Herrald has mixed feelings about the scholarship legislation but thinks the license restriction is a good idea. Junior Kristen Stephens agrees with the scholarship bill. end of story

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A classic way to raise funds

The automotive students at Brighton (Colo.) High School have been building a 1967 Cobra 427 from a kit. Donated by a local woman who inherited the kit from her brother, the car will be sold as a fundraiser.

The woman’s brother, an auto mechanic, spent a lot of his free time working on cars. Advisor Phill Kehl says the car could bring in $25,000 to $60,000, depending on the extras added.

Students including Ryan Krizmanic (at left in the photo) and Derin Wood volunteer their time to work on the car before and after school. Once finished, another kit will be purchased for the same purpose. end of story

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For the birds and for seniors

Students from Grayson County Technology Center, Leitchfield, Ky., have built birdhouses and bird feeders for the residents of nearby Grayson Manor Nursing home.

Woodworking and metalworking students built 18 birdhouses, plus six bird feeders and shepherd’s hooks to hold them. Chapter secretary Jordan Wilkerson and Kellie Gibson, president, cut and fabricated the metal shepherd’s hooks.

Welding instructor Larry Baker says he got the idea for the project from his daughter, who works at the facility. When she told him the residents loved birds, he had students begin construction. They finished in two weeks. end of story

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